Claire Danes says her first role in almost a decade in the hit drama Homeland was both “wonderful” and “scary”, from the role of a CIA officer to the grieving 19th-century British widow in the new mini-series Snake from Essex.
The 43-year-old actress has received numerous awards for her role as the fearless bipolar heroine Carrie Mattison in the 2011-2020 series.
The action of the film “Snake of Essex” takes place several centuries earlier and is based on the novel by Sarah Perry, where Danes play Cora, who moves from London to the English county of Essex to watch the talk of the mythical snake.
She befriends Pastor Will, played by Tom Hiddleston, but soon faces the wrath of locals who accuse her of the tragedy.
“It was great … I finally enjoyed playing someone who was in a relationship with other people because Kerry wasn’t really there,” Danes told Reuters.
“I thought she was like Edward Scissorhands, strange … she understood her volatility and was very inclined to protect other people from it, and so she isolated herself. Bark shouldn’t, she was allowed to enjoy the intimate intimacy of different species … It was fun, but it was also scary
to be in uncharted territory ”.
While locals are afraid of the mysterious snake, Cora is curious to learn more about it.
“I think the snake is a symbol of the anxiety of people, of all the countless unknowns that worry and disturb us,” Danes said.
“All the characters are struggling with a little inner fuss, and it’s a way for them to try to make sense of it and focus on something seemingly tangible and concrete.”
The story focuses on the controversy of science and faith, where the heroes believe different reasons for the existence of the creature.
“I think this is a very nutritious discussion … the relationship between faith and reason, science and religion. As a society and as a community, we need belief systems to make sense of our lives and to understand how meaningful our lives are, ”Hiddleston said.
“And at this particular time … in the late 19th century there were big changes in the way people understood their lives. And I think the conversation continues. “